Sri Lanka Tamil party meets EU delegation, emphasizes on repealing PTA
Wed, Sep 29, 2021, 10:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Sept 29, Colombo: Senior leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Tuesday met with the European Union (EU) delegation currently in Sri Lanka to review the GSP plus trade concession.
During the meeting TNA emphasized the need for Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act which enables arbitrary detention without charge.
The Tamil party also pointed out the need to formulate new Constitution to resolve the Tamil National Question and updated the EU delegation on the land grab and other incursions on the rights of the Tamil People.
The five-member EU delegation arrived in the island Monday (27) held discussions yesterday with the Minister of Justice as well.
In June this year, the European Parliament raised concerns on Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) as the law is not in line with the conventions that Sri Lanka has to implement under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) granted to the island nation and adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka calling for the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.